About Our Founders
Rev. Carol Ervin is the CEO of Acclaim Community Outreach Services. She has an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Davenport University of Warren, MI and will complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from University of Phoenix at the end of 2008. Upon completion of her Bachelor Degree, Carol plans to pursue a Master Degree in Marketing. She always had a heart for people and enjoys encouraging others to reach their potential and pursue their vision. Carol has an extensive background in administration & finance, having worked for various non-profit organizations providing services for the developmentally disabled, as well as mental health services. Carol is an extraordinary woman who also has a certificate in basic music theory from the Harris Academy of Musical Arts under the instruction of Rev. Herman Harris. She is an experienced vocalist and songwriter having written songs for various church ministries, as well as her own independent contemporary gospel group.
Carol knows what it is like to grow up struggling to make ends meet. When she was eight years old, her father passed away and she watched her mother struggle to raise both of her daughters. Many times her mother went lacking just to make it comfortable for her children; and when times were low, meals consisted of grits for the entire day. As soon as she turned 13, she started working in various youth employment programs. She helped her mother with various bills and vowed from that point on to always work and strive hard for what she desired.
Rev. Carol Ervin enjoys encouraging others to reach their potential and pursue their vision. Carol is also an anointed motivational speaker for various engagements.
Rev. Gerald Ervin is the Vice President and Program Director of Acclaim Community Outreach and is currently completing his Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He also serves as Chairperson on the Wayne State University E.O.C (Educational Opportunity Center) SLAB (Student Leadership Advisory Board) for the past few years. He enjoys counseling and motivating others to improve their standards of living in the "spirit of excellence". Gerald also has many years of managerial experience in the sales and service arena, as well as training other sales personnel regarding the value of integrity and the importance of excellent customer service.
During his early years, he served on the neighborhood non-profit Citizen’s District Council for the Jefferson-Chalmers district where he (at that time) resided. He had been a great advocate for community revitalization and fought very hard, along with his father, to eradicate the community of negative influences and to spearhead new development for the neighborhood and its local businesses. Gerald has also made a positive influence in the lives of many young men who often came to him for advice and he became a mentor to many of them in the community, church and local schools. He found that many young men needed to know that they had someone to believe in them and help build their self-esteem to move beyond situations and circumstances that were not so favorable. As a result, many of those young men pursued their GED, or college education at local community colleges.
Gerald has an extensive background in the secular music arena traveling to England and abroad with the famed Detroit Emeralds & Floaters, as well as the Flaming Emeralds band. He brings much stage and performing arts experience to the outreach and loves to share his experiences with the community. Rev. Gerald is also available for speaking engagements.